Professor of Music Education
Director of Bands
Bobby Adams is Director of Bands, Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Instrumental Music, at the Stetson University School of Music in DeLand, Florida. A member of the Stetson University faculty since 1987, Dr. Adams conducts the University Symphonic Band, teaches advanced instrumental conducting and courses in music education. Prior to his appointment at Stetson University, Adams taught in the public schools of Indiana and Florida for 27 years. In Florida, he was the director of bands at North Ft. Myers High School (1968-74), Bayshore High School, in Bradenton (1974-79) and Leon High School, in Tallahassee (1979-87).
He is principal conductor and music director of the Southern Winds Wind Symphony, an adult ensemble made up of Stetson faculty, former students, band directors, and other professional musicians. Southern Winds, founded in 2001, performed at the past two FBA summer conventions and the FBA Hall of Fame's Roll of Distinction concerts.
A native of Kentucky, Dr. Adams received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehead State University (1962), the Master's of Music Education degree from Murray State University (1969), and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education from Florida State University (1994).
He regularly serves as a clinician at state, regional, and national conferences. In recent years, he has presented sessions at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles National Conference (Jonkoping, Sweden), the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles National Conference (Manchester, England), the Mid-West Clinic (Chicago), conferences of MENC; the national Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American School Band Directors Association.
He frequently writes and/or lectures on topics such as the emotional response to music, the psychology of performance, the evaluation of music, aspects of rehearsal, magic in music, the business of professional organizations and various other aspects of music education. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Band Research, the Journal of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association Journal, the National Band Association Newsletter, and the Florida Music Director.
Bands under his direction have performed at 31 state, regional, and national conventions including: the American Bandmasters Association National Convention, the Music Educators National Conference Convention (twice), the MENC Southern-Division Conference (twice), the College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association Southern-Division Conference (three times), the Florida Bandmasters Association Conference (three times), the Kentucky Music Educators Conference, the Florida Music Educators Conference (three times), the New York State Band Directors Annual Symposium, the Mid-East Band and Orchestra Clinic (Pittsburgh), and the Southeastern United States Band Clinic (Alabama).
Currently, he is president of the National Band Association, a past president of the Music Educators National Conference ? Southern Division, the College Band Directors National Association ? Southern Division, the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association. In addition he is chairman of the Florida Bandmasters Hall of Fame's Board of Directors.
In 1996, Dr. Adams was presented with the Leadership Award for Music Education by the Florida Music Educators Association and in 1998 received the Hand Award for Excellence in Research at Stetson University. He is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu National Honor Fraternity, the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the Florida Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame (high school directors) and Roll of Distinction (college/university directors). In the summer of 2006 he was awarded the Signature Sinfonian Award, a new national award presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at their national convention in Cleveland. In addition Dr. Adams conducts all-state/honor bands and orchestra throughout the United States.